Çatalhöyük @ DiVE project seeks to make available to the Duke community and the general public a 1:1 scale, immersive representation of a mud brick Neolithic house (Building 89) that has been excavated in the archaeological site of Çatalhöyük, in Central Anatolia, Turkey since 2011. Building 89 is a well preserved mud brick house belonging to Çatalhöyük, an outstanding example of prehistoric settlement that was inhabited for a period of over 1500 years by a society of early farmers, builders, and artists.
The site is one of the first urban centers in the world (7400 BC circa) and features the first examples of wall paintings and mural art. Such spectacular artworks provide a clear view of life and ritual scenes from 9000 years ago, making Çatalhöyük universally recognized as a milestone in our understanding of the origins of agriculture and civilization. The digital documentation process of Building 89 has produced a rich set of multimodal information including terrestrial laser scanning data, image-based 3D models, GIS, drawings, pictures, stereo-videos, and metadata.
Thanks to the immersive visualization at the DiVE, archaeologists and students can now experience and study this Neolithic house as if they were actually on site in Turkey without leaving Duke West campus. In addition, the immersive experience of Building 89 at the DiVE is enhanced by in-context stratigraphic layers menu, volumetric visualization of the excavated areas, shaders, first-hand interaction with the models, and a virtual anastylosis that shows how the building looked like before being abandoned.